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Editor's pick (T20): India - Sri Lanka



Records tumbling. Sparkling knocks. Slew of new records. No short of adjectives. The score of 260 might make you even wonder if it was a 20 over match or a 50. End of the day, India proved that they were still on a roll and ready to take on South Africa with their brilliant performance last night. It was a pleasure to watch for anyone who appreciates good cricket. For a passionate Indian fan, it was a treat. India nearly broke the word record of most runs scored in an innings. Fell short by three runs. That’s really really alright.
In the fantasy lineup, I had four of the five top performers. Kusal Perera did not figure in my lineup. The rest were brilliant performances. As expected. L Rahul topped the list followed by Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. Y Chahal was fifth. These are the currently consistent players and must have even when you are playing against South Africa. Point to be noted. I expected more from Shreyas Iyer. Once Kohli comes back to the team, he might get the axe. Let’s see.

Rohit Sharma’s 118 from 43 deliveries earned him a massive score rate of 274. If you noticed carefully, during the ODI matches, his points on the app was negative because his score rate was terrible. Funny how the form takes a complete 180 degree turn. He’s a sure in for the third T20. L Rahul’s 89 from 49 deliveries gave him the support to keep him going. The rest of the numbers on the scoreboard didn’t matter. 260 runs in 20 overs with a run rate of 13 is really something that can make the other team quiver. Considering the slaughter imposed by the Indians on Sri Lanka, the batsmen did do fairly well. Kusal Perera’s 77 and Upul Tharanga’s 47 gave Sri Lanka gave them a semblance of a hope. But it really wasn’t enough. The team needed the rest of the lineup to hold up to the pressure. Which wasn’t the case. Everyone else succumbed. They managed 172. Kuldeep Yadav took 3 wickets and Y Chahal - 4. It was a good day for the Indians.

For the third T20. Just another game. India has clinched the series. Both teams might stick to the same lineup. If it weren’t for the insane score hit by India, I think Sri Lanka’s score for
a 20 over match wasn’t disappointing at all.
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav,  Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera(c), Vishwa Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Akila Dananjaya, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka,  Upul Tharanga, Nuwan Pradeep,


My lineup
I would stick to my previous lineup.
My lineup
Batsmen
Angelo Mathews
Manish Pandey
Lokesh Rahul
Rohit Sharma
Shreyas Iyer
Bowlers
Y Chahal
Jasprit Bumrah
Akila Dananjaya
Wicket-Keepers
N Dickwella
MS Dhoni
All-Rounder
Asela Gunaratne

OR
Rohit Sharma
Y Chahal
Lokesh Rahul
Kusal Perera
Upul Taranga
Kuldeep Yadav
MS Dhoni
Hardik Pandya
Nuwan Pradeep
Jaydev Unadkat
D Chameera

What do you think?
Indu
P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!

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